Individual slab built matt glazed textured stoneware boxes, wallpieces and vessel forms fired in an electric kiln.
Gallery Oldham : Northern Colours
October 01, 2016 to December 03, 2016
Black stoneware clay with white matt glaze and textured handbuilding clay with matt cobalt glaze or cobalt/copper washes over a matt white glaze. .Also decorative porcelain spoons. Fired to 1260 in an electric kiln. I’m currently exploring lower firing temperatures.
For many years I made wheel thrown domestic ceramics and a small amount of handbuilt work. I now only make slab built work.
My black and white work reflects several areas of interest – West African adobe architecture and architectural details, working with black clay, making boxes and experimenting with surface textures.
Several years ago I saw an exhibition by photographer James Morris of West African adobe architecture and was fascinated. This was the original source of inspiration for me. The forms I make are not directly taken from the buildings but are visual ideas which surface when I start the ‘making process’. I incorporate details into my work from windows, grilles, surface textures and the supporting timbers which protrude from buildings.
I have been working with black clay for several years and really like the denseness of colour I can achieve. Surfaces are treated by scraping, sgraffito and pressing or rolling various textured objects/surfaces onto the clay. I then use a matt white glaze to enhance textural detail, linear designs and the blackness of the clay, wiping back some of the glaze to achieve a sense of ‘worn away’ images.
I use a wider selection of found objects and textures to exploit the clay surface for my indigo blue work, which is then glazed with the same matt white glaze as the black clay but with the addition of cobalt/cobalt washes.
My most recent work features thin washes of cobalt and copper over a matt white glaze on top of textured surfaces to evoke a feeling of the sea shore and coast line.